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New Human Resources Director Tips Staff on Discipline

  • In General
  • 7 May 2018 - 1:28pm
  • By Elias Tuhereze
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Mr. Andrew Abunyang, the new Director of Human Resources

“I am privileged to be working for Makerere University. For the short time I have been here, I have come to a conclusion that Makerere University is the best employer. I want us as human resource practitioners to take the lead in being disciplined and protect the image of our employer. Makerere University will continue to shine if staff maintains the highest level of discipline,” remarked Mr. Andrew Abunyang, the new Director of Human Resources.

Mr. Abunyang made the remarks on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at the welcome party organised by staff in the Directorate of Human Resources at the Makerere University Guest House.

Mr. Abunyang received instruments of power as Director, Human Resources of Makerere University on Tuesday 17th April 2018. He previously worked as Commissioner Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Public Service and Commissioner Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Health.

Mr. Abunyang informed invited guests comprising Members of University Management, Principals, as well as staff from the Directorate of Human Resources and Mak Public Relations Office that his style of service is based on an open door management approach where staff are free to approach him for consultations.

He is optimistic that team work and support from Management and Staff would enable him to overcome human resources challenges associated with learned environments such as Makerere University.Senior members of staff in the directorate pose for a group photo with Mr Andrew Abunyang (5th Left).

“Human Resource management is a very challenging role wherever you go especially in a knowledge-based organisation like Makerere University where you are dealing with highly learned and intelligent people. With team work and the support that you have assured me of, we will overcome these challenges. I thank you for organising a welcome party for me. I encourage the Directorate to take lead in organising such parties for other members of staff,” remarked Mr. Abunyang.

In a speech read by Dr. Eria Hisali, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated Mr. Abunyang upon being appointed Director Human Resources. The Vice Chancellor welcomed Mr. Abunyang to his management team and reaffirmed his readiness to work with him to take Makerere University to greater heights.

Some members of University Top Management who were present at the party.Dr. Eria Hisali who is the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences, and the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), commended the Outgoing Acting Director Human Resources, Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake for being a good team player as well as managing the Directorate of Human Resources during the time of transition. He thanked the staff in the Directorate for the support accorded to Mrs. Sennoga Zake during her period of service. Dr. Hisali also called upon the staff in the Directorate to extend the same support to Mr. Abunyang.

He added that Makerere University is looking up to Mr.Abunyang to find solutions to the human resource challenges. “We count on your knowledge and expertise to help the University Management to address and find solutions to these challenges,” he said.Mrs Sennoga Zake receiving a plaque from Dr. Elia Hisali

On behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Hisali presented a plaque to Mrs. Sennoga Zake in appreciation of the dedicated service rendered to Makerere University as the Acting Director Human Resources from 1st July 2017 to 16th April 2018. He also presented the Makerere University Neck Tie to Mr. Abunyang.

The University Bursar, Mr. Augustine Tamale who has executed tasks that required input from the staff in the Directorate of Human Resources, assured the new Director of Human Resources that he will be working with a great team.

Reflecting on goodwill and support from the Directorate of Human Resources, Mrs. Sennoga Zake said:

“I assure you that we are a good team, and we are ready to work with you, Mr. Abunyang. I joined Makerere University in 1988 as an Administrative Assistant. I have risen through the ranks. I have enjoyed my stay at Makerere University I have received a lot of support from colleagues. At Makerere University, every day presents a learning experience. I thank the Management and Staff in the Directorate for the support that I received during the time I served as Acting Director, Human Resources,” she remarked.Mr Abunyang was hosted to a dinner

Mrs. Sennoga Zake returns to her substantive position as Manager of Staff Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits in the Directorate of Human Resources.

On behalf of staff in the Directorate, Mr. Godwin Okiror reiterated his colleagues’ readiness to work with the new Director so as to realise an effective and efficient human resource function.

Mr. Julius Lebo, the Senior Performance Officer applauded Mr. Abunyang for accepting to serve at Makerere University. “Mr. Abunyang is a man of integrity and in appointing him as our Director, I believe that the Appointments Board made the best choice,” remarked Mr. Lebo. He praised Mrs. Sennoga Zake for inculcating in them the spirit of team work.

The welcome party which started with a word of prayer led by Ms. Mavis Kansiime, Acting Senior Employment Officer climaxed with a sumptuous meal and plenty of drinks. In a very special way, staff from the Directorate of Human Resources who joined the dance floor to celebrate the good times in the Directorate commended the Labour and Welfare Officer, Ms. Janet Nabukeera for the excellent planning and execution of the Welcome Party.

Article by: Mak Public Relations Office

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